The right way to earn cash utilizing the YouTube Associate Program

The right way to earn cash utilizing the YouTube Associate Program


In 2007, the corporate carried out the YouTube Associate Program, to encourage video content material creators to maintain making content material and share within the income generated from the platform.

This text focuses on methods for South African musicians to make use of the YouTube Associate Program as a supplementary income stream.

YouTube Associate Program (YPP)

The YouTube Associate Program permits creators to monetise their movies on YouTube. For content material creators to be eligible for YPP, they should meet the next necessities:[3]

  • Have at the least 1 000 subscribers.
  • Have at the least 4 000 legitimate public watch time hours during the last 12 months.
  • Reside in an eligible nation (South Africa is eligible. The complete listing of eligible nations is on the market right here.
  • Have a linked AdSense account.
  • Meet YouTube monetisation insurance policies and group tips (i.e. no spam or scams, sexual content material, little one exploitation/endangerment, hate speech, dangerous or harmful content material, harassment and/or cyberbullying).

As soon as content material creators have met these necessities, they’ll apply to affix the YPP. That is finished by logging into YouTube Studio, navigating to the Monetization tab and submitting an software to the YPP. The channel shall be reviewed to verify if it meets the above necessities (this course of sometimes takes one month or much less), after which admitted or declined to the YPP.


Video: This video from the YouTube Creator Academy explains the fundamentals of earning profits on YouTube. 

Incomes potential: In-video promoting

There are a number of methods to earn from creating movies and importing them to YouTube. Nevertheless, as soon as accepted into the YPP, income from in-video adverts is the best method.

A number of elements contribute to how a lot is earned from advert placement:[4]

  • Advert sort. In-video advertisements pay greater than overlay advertisements, whereas overlay advertisements pay greater than facet show advertisements. Creators can choose the kind of advertisements they need on their movies as soon as admitted to the YPP.
  • Geographic location of the view. Views from stronger financial system centres, such because the US and the UK, present extra income than views from nations corresponding to South Africa. 
  • Amount. Extra adverts equal extra money. Movies which can be longer than eight minutes can have a number of movies positioned inside them.
  • View size. Viewers that watch extra – or the whole lot of – the advert will generate extra income than people who watch solely the obligatory 5 seconds. Creators can choose to disable the skip advert operate, although this can negatively have an effect on the consumer expertise of their YouTube channel. 
  • Viewer subscription sort. Viewers who’ve subscribed to YouTube Premium generate extra income than unsubscribed viewers.
  • Time of yr. When there are numerous advertisers bidding for placements on YouTube, the value per placement will increase because of the rise in demand. This, in flip, will increase the income generated per placement. These surges are sometimes linked to the vacation season, or different main gross sales durations corresponding to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

All these elements and extra end in completely different quantities reported by YPP content material creators. This quantity is described as both the RPM or the CPM. RPM stands for income per 1 000 video views. CPM stands for value per 1 000 impressions, which signifies how a lot advertisers should pay to show their adverts on YouTube. RPM is probably the most variable and will be as little as $0.14 or as excessive as $50 and extra. Be aware that every video uploaded to a channel might have a unique RPM worth, thus YouTube offers a mean RPM determine for each YPP channel.

Content material creators get a share of the CPM. Thus, CPM is a helpful comparative quantity to estimate how a lot advertisers pay in numerous nations. CPM for South Africa is about $2.37 (about R35), however that is a mean determine and so variance is to be anticipated.[5] Usually talking, channels with content material and viewers based mostly in South Africa will sometimes have RPMs lower than this CPM worth. Nevertheless, musicians who make genres that attraction to South Africans (corresponding to amapiano, hip hop, kwaito, and so forth.) might have RPMs nearer to this worth. On the time of writing, the perfect estimate for content material creators, corresponding to musicians, is about $1 000 (R15 000) per 1 million views.[6]

In keeping with Music In Africa’s Income Streams for Music Creators in South Africa 2022 report, the YPP presently brings in a mean month-to-month revenue of R3 962 for its members.

Incomes potential: Memberships and Supers

As well as, YPP gives two different income streams:

  • Memberships. Memberships permit customers to change into members of a channel and pay a month-to-month subscription payment in return for particular perks supplied by the content material creator. YouTube takes 30% of the income earned from this technique.[7] 
  • Supers. Tremendous Chats and Tremendous Stickers permit followers to buy items on a channel throughout reside streams which have the chat operate enabled. The bought Tremendous Chats and Stickers are highlighted in order that they stand out within the chat feed, subsequently offering followers with the prospect to face out as supporters of the artist – or the trigger they’re representing.[8]

For memberships to be worthwhile and profitable, creators ought to present added worth above and past what’s already accessible on their channels. Profitable creators are those that present deeper connections with their members. The listing of potentialities is countless, however offering a great motive to affix a membership plan, after which staying constant together with your supply, is vital.

Some membership content material concepts for artists embody:

  • Hidden scenes/behind the scenes content material.
  • Unique member merchandise.
  • Customized member merchandise.
  • Signed CDs/vinyl and/or merchandise. 
  • Discounted reside present tickets and/or reserving charges.
  • Customized songs.
  • Month-to-month member chat.

Video: An evidence of the Tremendous Chat and Tremendous Stickers income stream from the group at YouTube Creators.

Extra ideas

The next suggestions can help with the mission of constructing an engaged viewers on YouTube:

  • Be taught the platform. To be a profitable YouTuber, musicians ought to be taught the platform to be able to maximise its advantages. YouTube gives a free instructional platform known as YouTube Creator Academy.
  • Consistency. Importing movies often (as soon as every week is recommended) is required to construct an engaged viewers on YouTube.
  • Suppose past music movies. Whereas musicians ought to positively have music movies on their channels, they need to additionally add content material that goes past music movies. Movies corresponding to behind-the-scenes content material, lyric movies, the story behind songs, and different extra personally themed movies additionally work nicely. For those who play an instrument, you may educate individuals how one can play your music (playthroughs), or different artists’ music.
  • Seize your viewers’ elements. Regardless that YouTube has notifications, getting your viewers’ e mail addresses and/or telephone numbers to construct a mailing listing or broadcast listing is really useful. With this listing, musicians can inform their viewers as quickly as there’s new content material accessible.
  • Collaborate. Collaboration helps content material creators attain new audiences. Content material creators ought to seek for creators with an viewers the identical measurement as theirs however in an adjoining – or barely completely different – market.

YouTube is a superb platform for content material creators to share, be taught and develop their viewers. Musicians can, moreover, leverage the YouTube Associate Program to not solely diversify their revenue but in addition to succeed in new followers from all over the world. 

Sources and citations 

This text is a part of the Income Streams for African Musicians mission, supported by UNESCO’s Worldwide Fund for Cultural Range within the framework of the UNESCO 2005 Conference on the Safety and Promotion of the Range of Cultural Expressions, the Siemens Cents4Sense programme, Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, the Nationwide Arts Council of South Africa and Kaya FM. 

Enhancing by David Cornwell and Kalin Pashaliev



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